As Windows Web hosting becomes more popular, options for applications under ASP.NET are becoming more common. Microsoft has created the Windows Web Application Gallery, which contains some of the most-downloaded applications for the .NET framework. From CMS applications to blogging and ecommerce solutions, the Galley offers a wide variety of free options for those who use the Windows Hosting platform. Here are five of the best for your Web site.
1. DotNetNuke – Community Edition
DNN is a CMS, and one of the leaders in the Windows community for building professional-level Web sites that have dynamic content and interactive features. If you’re looking to upgrade the state of your currently .NET powered Web site and have already made the switch to a web hosting provider that gives you room to grow, this ASP.NET application can be a great way to improve what you have with easy content development and thousands of third-party applications. Currently, over 700,000 Web sites use DNN.
Having a great Web site often isn’t enough to draw in your customers or convert new prospects – a blog with relevant company and production information can provide a much-needed connection between consumer and supplier. Blogengine.NET was created to provide a simple and innovative blogging solution that can utilize the best in new .NET features. The application has support for a wide array of widgets, extensions and themes, and allows even moderately skilled .NET users to create their own.
Along with a great CMS and content-rich blog, you also need a secure and scalable e-commerce solution for an online store. nopCommerce supports Authorize.NET, PayPal, Google Checkout, and 2Checkout, just to name a few, as well as tools to manage discounts, coupons, storefronts, wish lists and customer histories. Basic Only basic Web site and computer skills are required to start using nopCommerce, and the program runs in Medium Trust, making it both versatile and easily extendable when needed.
4. Umbraco CMS
Umbraco CMS is used as the framework for www.asp.net and www.wired.co.uk, along with over 85,000 other sites on the Internet. This CMS is known for its ease of use as well as pure .NET architecture and has no problems integrating with existing systems. Its active community means that support is always available.
This ASP.NET application is designed to be mobile-friendly, and is a full-featured CMS written in C# ASP.NET. From blogs to forums and calendars to polls, surveys and ecommerce, mojoPortal can do it all. Anyone with the skills to make an ASP.NET UserControl can implement features in mojoPortal.
Microsoft has been making significant progress into the hosting platform market with their Windows Web hosting. As a result, they’ve encouraged developers to create applications that will bring greater functionality to the .NET framework. From CRMs to blog engines and ecommerce portals, the company has gathered the best in one place for ease of access, meaning you need only to choose what selection of applications works best for your Web site needs.